Support Salvation Army California Wildfire Relief

Arrest in the murder of Bellefontaine Neighbors gas station owner

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BELLEFONATINE NEIGHBORS, MO (KTVI) - The man suspected in the murder of a Bellefonatine Neighbors gas station owner is in custody according to Major Case Squad detectives.  He was found Tuesday night in the city of St. Louis after a four day search.

Justin Williams, 28, of Bellefontaine Neighbors lives less than a mile from the Conoco station where the killing happened on Bellefontaine Road.

Police say crystal clear surveillance video of Williams led to a number of phone calls.  They were first led to his home, then to the home in St. Louis city where he was staying.  The owner didn't know Williams was involved in a crime according to police.

Police say a ten  minute conversation between Williams, and his alleged victim, Irshad Kahn, was essentially a job interview.  The say he went into the store asking for work as a ruse to get Kahn into the back office.  It was there he was robbed and killed.  But why did it turn violent?

"Nothing went wrong in the robbery that led to it," Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Sean Fagan said.  "Whether he went in there with the intent to harm the victim, we don’t have that information.  But nothing led to him shooting the person other than the fact he shot him."

Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Robert Pruett repeatedly thanked the Major Case Squad for their work, saying the eighteen detectives from the county law enforcement cooperative spared his town a long investigation.

"If the Bellefontaine Neighbors police department or any other jurisdiction in this community would tyr to do that with their own resources, we would be here for weeks and months trying to find him," he said.

Police say Williams has confessed to the killing, but when asked if he's shown any remorse, Fagan was succinct.

"No. None whatsoever."

Williams is being held on $1 million full cash bond.

Previous story:  Police hope surveillance video leads to arrest in deadly robbery